American Academy of Actuaries

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American Academy of Actuaries
American Academy of Actuaries logo.png
Logo of the American Academy of Actuaries
Abbreviationthe Academy
TypeProfessional association
PurposeServe the public on behalf of the United States actuarial profession.
HeadquartersWashington, DC
Region served
United States of America
Official language
Steve Alpert
Main organ
Board of Directors

The American Academy of Actuaries, also known as the Academy, is the body that represents and unites United States actuaries in all practice areas. Established in 1965, the Academy serves as the profession’s voice on public policy and professionalism issues.

Mission statements[edit]

The American Academy of Actuaries' stated mission is to serve the public and the United States actuarial profession. To accomplish this:

  • As the public voice for the United States actuarial profession, the Academy provides independent and objective actuarial information, analysis, and education for the formation of sound public policy;
  • The Academy provides for the establishment, maintenance, and enforcement of high professional standards of actuarial qualification, practice, and conduct;
  • The Academy advances actuarial practice by informing and educating its members on public policy and professionalism issues and current and emerging practices;
  • The Academy identifies and addresses issues on behalf of the public interest on matters in which actuarial science provides a unique understanding;
  • The Academy increases the public's understanding and recognition of the value of the actuarial profession;
  • The Academy provides opportunities for professional development of its members through volunteerism and service to the profession;
  • The Academy facilitates and coordinates response to issues of common interest among the U.S.-based actuarial associations; and
  • The Academy coordinates the representation of the U.S. profession globally.

The vision of the American Academy of Actuaries is that financial security systems in the United States be sound and sustainable, and that actuaries be recognized as preeminent experts in risk and financial security. [1]


The Academy, in 1988, created the Actuarial Standards Board (ASB) as an independent entity, supported by AAA staff.[2] The ASB serves as the single board promulgating standards of practice for the entire actuarial profession in the United States. The ASB was given sole authority to develop, obtain comment upon, revise, and adopt standards of practice for the actuarial profession.

Membership requirements[edit]

In order to sign statements of actuarial opinion, an American actuary must be a Member, American Academy of Actuaries (M.A.A.A.). The Academy membership requirements are:

Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline[edit]

The Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline (ABCD) was formed to serve the academy and all other U.S. actuarial organizations.[4] The ABCD considers complaints and questions concerning possible violations of the Code(s) of Professional Conduct. In addition, the ABCD responds to inquiries by actuaries concerning their professional conduct and, when requested to do so, provides guidance in professional matters.

Public policy activities[edit]

The Academy has published a number of issue briefs[5] and monographs[6] addressing public policy issues from an actuarial point of view. Because the Academy is non-partisan, it avoids taking specific policy positions in these publications. Most tend to discuss the fiscal and economic considerations as seen by actuaries. In many cases several policy alternatives are discussed, and advantages and disadvantages identified for each. In some cases the Academy provides formal written or oral testimony to Congress or other governmental bodies.[7] The Academy is often asked by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to provide input on actuarial issues, and has provided the NAIC with a number of reports and statements.[8] On occasion, the Academy has submitted amicus briefs on court cases that are of interest to the actuarial profession.[9] Less formal comment letters and other explanatory materials have been provided to a number of external audiences.[10]


The Academy publishes Contingencies magazine, a bimonthly publication that publishes articles on a wide range of issues related to the actuarial profession.


  1. ^ "Mission". Academy website. American Academy of Actuaries. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2012-01-13.
  2. ^ "Actuarial Standards Board". Actuarial Standards Board. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  3. ^ "Academy Policies: Membership Requirements". American Academy of Actuaries: 2006 Yearbook (PDF). Washington, DC: American Academy of Actuaries. 2006. pp. 59&ndash, 61. Archived (PDF) from the original on 24 June 2006. Retrieved 2006-06-11.
  4. ^ "About the ABCD". Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  5. ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-Issue Briefs". Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  6. ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-Monographs". Archived from the original on 2010-09-17. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  7. ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-Testimony". Archived from the original on 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  8. ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-NAIC Reports". Archived from the original on 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  9. ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-Friend of the court briefs". Archived from the original on 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2010-06-13.
  10. ^ "American Academy of Actuaries-Comment letters". Archived from the original on 2010-07-29. Retrieved 2010-06-13.

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